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Tsunamis For Kids

Asian Earthquake and Tsunami – December 26, 2004

Asia earthquake explained
Illustrated presentation from BBC showing how the 9.0 earthquake in the middle of the Indian Ocean created tidal waves that devastated seaside communities in that area.

BBC News Report
This is probably the best overall coverage of the Asian earthquake and tsunami that struck on December 26, 2004. It is not for the tenderheated, so parents of young children may wish to preview first.


Japan Tsunami-March 11, 2011

Save the Children Mobilizes Response to Massive Japan Earthquake, Tsunamis
We are extremely concerned for the welfare of children and their families who have been affected by the disaster. We stand ready to meet the needs of children who are always the most vulnerable in a disaster. How you can help.

GOP budget cuts target tsunami warning center
Bright, huh? The plan approved by the GOP-controlled House last month would trigger deep cuts for the National Weather Service, including the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii. Democratic Rep. Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii called the GOP cuts reckless and even dangerous.

‘Twilight’ Stars Evacuated Following Tsunami Warning
Following the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan, the stars of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” — including Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart — were evacuated from the set of their movie on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

How Tsunamis (Tidal Waves) Form



Savage Earth: Waves of Destruction
Highlights include animated illustrations, articles, an “Ask the Experts” section, photographs, and video downloads.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A tsunami (pronounced tsoo-NAH-mee) or tidal wave is a series of waves (called a “wave train”) generated in a body of water by a pulsating or abrupt disturbance that vertically displaces the water column.

Answers many questions about the topic. What does tsunami mean? How are they created? What happens to a tsunami as it approaches land?

The tsunami disaster explained
Animated slides showing how the tsunami formed and traveled.

Features some brief facts about these gigantic waves and how they are formed. From FEMA.

Undersea Earthquakes Cause Tsunamis
Tsunami means “harbor wave” in Japanese. A tsunami is formed in the sea. It is triggered by a disturbance in the ocean floor. Most tsunamis are caused by earthquakes. Great illustrations.

… more about earthquakes.

Lessons for Children

Tsunami Lesson Plan
A demonstration to show how earthquakes affect sea waves. Uses a clear box half filled with water on a table. The table is then struck with a rubber mallet and the waves in the box are observed.

Lessons for Teens

How Tsunamis Work
In this article, we’ll look at what causes tsunamis, the physics that drives them and the effects of a tsunami strike. We will also examine scientists’ worldwide efforts to monitor and predict tsunamis in order to avoid disasters like the one that occurred in the final days of 2004.

Surviving a Tsunami-Lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan
Actions that saved lives, and actions that cost lives, as recounted by eyewitnesses to the tsunami from the largest earthquake ever measured-the magnitude 9.5 earthquake in Chile on May 22, 1960. In interviews several decades later, people in Chile, Hawaii, and Japan recall the tsunami.

Tsunami Science: Advances Since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tragedy
Today (Dec. 26), on the 10th anniversary of the deadly tsunami, greatly expanded networks of seismic monitors and ocean buoys are on alert for the next killer wave in the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and the Caribbean. In fact, tsunami experts can now forecast how tsunamis will flood distant coastlines hours before the waves arrive.

Regional Centers

National Data Buoy Center
Late a station near you with recent or historical data.

Pacific Tsunami Museum
Promotes public education about tsunamis for the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Region. Includes answers to commonly asked questions and tsunami photographs.